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Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

We’re all busy. We forget things we shouldn’t.   We tell staff to do things and they forget also. Let’s just face it…. it’s hard to remember everything that we’re supposed to do, especially in the heat of the moment. I have found that using mantras helps to bridge that gap between knowing what to do and actually doing what I’m supposed to do. In today’s video, I’m sharing three mantras […]

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Here’s the Perfect Strategy for The Child Who Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

Don’t you just love it when you find a strategy that works Almost every time you use it? I have found that to be true with many of the evidence based practices like when I use a work system or when I use the token board or the First/Then strategy. It dawned on me this week that I’ve been using a GREAT strategy for those students with ODD that I […]

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How To Make Your Own Kinetic Sand for Pennies On The Dollar!!!

I recently went to a wonderful presentation sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center For Autism (IRCA) on sensory ideas that was presented by two multi-talented Occupational Therapists, Kristi Jordan and Cheryl Boucher. Among many other things presented, one BIG IDEA I got from their presentation is that sensory seeking children need THREE BIG MEALS of sensory a day and several “snacks” of sensory throughout the day. I never thought of […]

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Are You Looking for A Social Skills App for Older Students With Special Needs?

Do you get as frustrated as I do at times when you are looking for an app for older students and can’t find much? I love the variety of apps I can get for our younger students. There must me hundreds of apps for learning the ABCs, counting, matching, stories for young children etc, etc, etc, but when I’m looking for something for our older students it’s been difficult to […]

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Body Sock + Me = Sensory Fun!

I’ve been helping teachers find a variety of sensory solutions for their students on the autism spectrum for years. I’ve recommended things like jars with interesting smells, play tables with sand, water and pasta, weighted vests and trampolines. All of these things and more, yet until just recently I had never actually seen one sensory item that has tons of sensory benefits….the body sock. I had never actually seen one […]

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Do You Know About Paper Fortune Tellers and How They Can Help Your Students?

It’s a bit grey outside from where I sit and it’s this time of year that students can use a boost, something novel to help motivate them to keep going. Quite frankly, I like fun and creative things too!!! If you are looking for a creative idea to practice language concepts, math facts or reading vocabulary, you need to check out this week’s video. See what you think of Mr […]

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The Best Structured Resource Room Ever!

Do you have a small room where you bring a few students at a time for some kind of instruction or therapy? Let me just say that structure is your friend, my friend. When you have students coming and going, there is an art to making that happen smoothly. I’ve asked one of my teachers to share with you how she took some time to make her already structured resource […]

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Check Out This Visual/Auditory iPad App For School Schedules!

Do you have a student who would rather eat Velcro than use it for a daily schedule? Or perhaps you have students who have physical limitations that make it difficult or even impossible to pull a picture icon off a schedule board? Maybe, on the other hand, you have a student who is enthralled with electronics and will do anything for you that involves an iPad. If you said yes to […]

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Have You Ever Seen A Pop-Up Reinforcer For Children With Special Needs?

Let’s face it! We all need reinforcers from time to time to keep us going, right??? We all like things from a break and a cup of coffee to a vacation in a tropical paradise. Well, we’re adults with life experiences, an education and fully formed brains. If we need a reinforcer, our children with special needs REALLY need them.   Especially if we want them to learn something new and […]

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Do You Have This Simple Tool To Use When You Communicate With Parents?

  Have you ever had a bad day with a parent because you didn’t communicate something that happened at school? It happens! Probably more than it should because, let’s face it, communication TAKES TIME! Time is one of the things teachers could use more of. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a classroom at the end of the day and just when a teacher is sitting […]

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